HUNTINGTON - Robert Goff doesn't remember his frightful head-to-head collision Nov. 20 with Marshall teammate Yous Mbao, and that's probably a good thing.
"From what they tell me, it sounded like a football helmet collision," Goff said Friday before the Thundering Herd's practice. "I don't remember what happened. When I came to, I thought it was worse than it was."
As it was, he and Mbao were taken out of Cam Henderson Center on flat boards to a local hospital. Goff was the fortunate one, as he was released after an overnight stay. The 7-foot-2 Mbao was kept four days, and his return to basketball is nowhere on the horizon.
But that's not the important thing.
"I'm definitely praying for big Yous every day," said Goff, not so small at 6-9, 240 pounds. "I talk to him as often as I can. That's the biggest thing I'm worried about, big Yous."
Goff missed the Herd's wins over Nevada and Morehead State, but he will try to return for tonight's contest against North Carolina-Wilmington. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at the Henderson Center.
Goff has cleared most of his post-concussion testing, coach Tom Herrion said, and his practice workload was increased Friday afternoon. If he then passes all tests, he will return.
The Herd could use Goff tonight, even for a few minutes. The Seahawks have some size on their roster, including two 7-footers, but the Herd must cope with 6-8 Keith Rendleman and 6-9 Cedrick Williams more than anybody.
Rendleman, one of the few seniors on a young UNCW team, scored 15 points in the Herd's 69-64 win last year in Wilmington. Williams, then a freshman, pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds as the Seahawks kept that category nearly even. The tandem helped ignite a rally from a 16-point deficit.
That duo has the Seahawks' record even at 3-3 after wins over Wofford (49-37) and Hampton (61-60). Those aren't exactly eye-popping, but the Seahawks needed that after lopsided losses to Richmond (101-58), Ohio (85-47) and Purdue (66-40).